The Gate Theatre

Kimathi Donkor is the new Artist in Residence at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill





26 February–21 March, 2015

OPEN FOYER EVENT: Wednesday, 18th March, 2015, 5:30-6:30pm

Kimathi Donkor: Artist in Residence
At the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill
supported by the Chelsea Arts Club Trust 
A foyer installation of new murals and oil paintings in response to Andrew Whaley’s play ’The rise and shine of Comrade Fiasco’.
Kimathi Donkor’s installation for Gate Curate features his ‘Stretch and Bar’ paintings, which re-arrange abruptly the conventional positions of canvas and stretcher bars in order to evoke a new series of significations. If fresh portraits of the Gate’s current cast are visible on the ‘reverse’ of the canvas, then what might still be concealed on the, now hidden, ‘correct’ side? Also on display will be ‘Debruised’, a mural that improvises playfully on Zimbawean national motifs.

Donkor’s recent solo exhibitions include ‘Daddy, I want to be a black artist’ at Peckham Platform (London, 2013) and ‘Queens of the Undead’ with Iniva at Rivington Place (London, 2012). Group shows include, ‘What’s Going On’ at the Usher Gallery (Lincoln, 2014) and the 29th São Paulo Biennial  (Brazil, 2010). His PhD thesis at Chelsea College of Art explores African identity in Tate’s British collection.


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Gate Curate

Gate Curate is a new and unique collaboration between the Gate Theatre, Chelsea Space and Chelsea Arts Club Trust. For every Gate show, we commission an emerging visual artist to create a brand new artwork for our foyer – each installation is a bold and surprising response to that particular show as well as an independent work of art in its own right.
Supported by Chelsea Arts Club Trust and Chelsea Space


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